Get angry... or get a squeegee


The president of the University of Washington, announcing the elimination of 1,000 jobs at the Seattle college, plus a yet-to-be determined number of layoffs, wants people to become furious and do something about it. Budget cuts this deep are unprecedented, Mark Emmert told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and will take 10,000 students per year out of the state’s four-year university system. That means employers such as Boeing and Microsoft might have to recruit workers from other states, he added, while “our sons and daughters will be washing their cars.” Emmert spoke to an audience of 100 people, who laughed nervously. “I’m not saying all of this to depress you,” Emmert said. “I’m saying it — maybe to make you mad.”

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